Latest posts by ColinA


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:27

Last year I tried an old trick, on one row of brussel sprouts I mixed soot with water to make a paste and dipped the roots in before planting on all other Brassicas I put well weathered dry soot around the neck of the plants.It seemed to result in very little root fly damage

Backyard Power Options (Rain/Snow Proof)

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:19

Any electrical work especially outside needs to be done by a certified electrician. the best thing to do is contact your local council

Petrol Lawnmower

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 13:41

It sounds like the main jet in the carb is blocked. the carburettor will need removing and thoroughly cleaning out using compressed air to clear the jets,Also the fuel tank will need cleaning out as thats the only way dirt can ingress into the carburrettor

Its no use taking it back to tesco as this is not a warranty fault


Tomatoes - time to sow!

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 15:35

I sowed my seeds mid march last year and ended up throwing the whole lot out because of the cold spring, i sowed in the first week in May the plants grew away perfectly and i got a good crop.

This year I will do the same.the seasons are later now

Leaf Mould

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:48

I make up my own compost for both seeds and growing on as the bought stuff i found was poor quality. I mix 3 parts sieved soil to 3 parts sieved leaf mould and 3 parts peat. For growing on i add fish bone and blood


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:36


Has anybody invested in the new tracking device called Trackr that is being advertised at the moment. It appears to be the size of a fifty pence piece and works through an app on mobile phones


Info on Trackr

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 14:55


Has anyone had experience of the Trackr device now being advertised on the net it says its very small and can be used in laptops cars rideon lawnmowers etc and if stolen the items can be tracked on an app on your mobile phone

Colin A

Briggs exhaust valve

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 14:50

When the engine is pulled over very slowly can you see the exhaust valve move fractionely as if the decompresor is working ok, also is there excessive sideway movement in the valve guide?

Colin A

Hayter Lawn Mowers

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 15:58


Hammerite is good so long as the deck is thoroughly clean and dry before application as with any protection used. Also waxoil works very well, either will need to be reapplied every year as abrasives picked up by the blade will damage the coating used.

Hope this is useful.


Hayter Lawn Mowers

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 15:04

As a retired lawn mower dealer and authorised Hayter service agent I used to see this problem on a regular basis with all makes and types of mower with steel decks, the fault is not with the machine but lack of maintenance and cleaning

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Info on Trackr

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